The Daily Populous

Monday July 30th, 2018 day edition

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When Science published a monkey study nearly 2 years ago that showed an anti-inflammatory antibody effectively cured monkeys intentionally infected with the simian form of the AIDS virus, the dramatic results turned many heads.

But some skeptical researchers thought the data looked too good to be true and predicted the intervention wouldn’t work on HIV in humans.

“We did not see those dramatic results at all,” Fauci said at the International AIDS Conference in Amsterdam that is taking place this week.

The researchers then stopped giving both the antibodies and ARVs, and the monkeys still completely controlled SIV for more than 9 months.

The virus quickly came roaring back in control animals that had only received ARVs and then had that treatment halted.

Some considered the antibody-treated monkeys cured, as they appeared capable of indefinitely controlling the small quantity of virus that persisted without any further interventions.

Kenneth Mayer, a prominent HIV/AIDS clinician who is the medical research director at the Fenway Institute in Boston, called the results “sobering.” »

Thousands take to Moscow streets chanting anti-Putin slogans

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Thousands of demonstrators took to the streets in Moscow on Sunday to criticize Russian President Vladimir Putin in the face of a proposed increase in the retirement age.

More than 6,000 people are believed to have attended the protests, according to a non-governmental organization that counts rally attendance, but Moscow police put the number close to 2,500.

Putin once said he would not raise the retirement age, and has tried to distance himself from the proposal, Reuters reported. »

Arnold Schwarzenegger Now Filming New 'Terminator'

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Alongside Linda Hamilton who is reprising her role as Sarah Conner, Arnold Schwarzenegger is coming back to the franchise that helped make him a household name.

And now he's on the set, filming his scenes as - presumably - the T-800 model of the cybernetic killing machines.

The prime minister was appearing at the Climate Action Pacific Partnership conference in country's capital when the video played, in which Schwarzenegger revealed the news. »